A glimpse into education dept’s draft recovery plan – before the extension hit
Once implemented, there would, however, be strict measures and conditions put in place to ensure the virus was contained and not spread.
These measures would include implementing guidelines for social distancing in schools, basic sanitation and hygiene packages for classrooms, and psycho-social support services being for teachers, pupils and non-teaching staff.
“This will also go a long way in accommodating some children of the parents of the sectors which would be allowed to phase-in, and this is also consistent with international experience.
“The Comprehensive Framework for the Curriculum Recovery Plan will be implemented to recover some lost time, especially for approximately 60% learners who don’t have access to ICT,” the plan notes.
Among the short-term action plans -between when schools reopen after lockdown and the end of examinations – is for the sector to implement a comprehensive catch-up programme in the form of 3 000 “camps” (social distancing) for about 400 000 progressed and weaker pupils in Grade 12.
Teachers would also be provided with content summaries, study guides, lesson plans and revision exercises for camps and catch-up programmes.
News24 reported on Friday that it has also seen the Department of Basic Education’s draft framework for a curriculum recovery plan after the lockdown, which has revealed scenarios with recommendations including scrapping June examinations and shortening June and September holidays to save the school year.
The draft plan has revealed that the phased-in resumption of the school year would be from 6 May, according to pupils’ grades.
According to the plan, Grades 12 and 7 could return on 6 May, followed by Grades 11 and 6 on 20 May.
Grades 10 and 5 then follow on 3 June, Grades 9 and 4 on the 17 June, and Grades 8 and 3 on 1 July – while Grades 1, 2 and R would return on 8 and 15 July.